Sneak in the Rainbow (Chard) Smoothie Bowl

Sneak in the Rainbow (Chard) Smoothie Bowl

Sneak in the Rainbow (Chard) Smoothie Bowl

It can be a struggle getting my son to eat veggies, so sometimes you just got to sneak it in. I usually add more veggies than this, but wanted to share how you can baby-step your picky eaters. Slowly add in more veggies – spinach, broccoli, & carrots are good options that don’t have a ton of flavor when you mix in the fruit.

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen organic banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen organic tropical fruit blend
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons shredded organic unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup organic Rainbow chard (4 leaves torn away from stalk)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened organic almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Toppings

    1/4 cup organic blueberries
    1/2 tsp shredded unsweetened organic coconut flakes (omit to lower saturated fat content)
    1 tsp sliced almonds
    1/8 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

  • Blend all ingredients except topping in a high powered blender. It should be thick but well blended.
  • Carefully place toppings in a pretty line – or better yet, have your kids do it!
  • Enjoy!!

Nutrition Facts:

Servings: 2

  • Calories: 187
  • Total Fat 6.4g
  • Saturated 3.4g (omit coconut if you need a lower saturated fat content).
  • Total Carbs: 31.6g
  • Fiber: 5.6g
  • Protein: 2.7g
  • Calcium: 12.7%
  • Iron: 4%
  • Potassium: 400mg
  • Vitamin A: 25.5%
  • Vitamin C: 25.3%

Health Benefits:

  • Rainbow Chard: has neuro-protective properties (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, & dementia), anti-cancer fighting benefits, and has the most B vitamins – B1, B2, B3 & B6 – along with minerals iron, manganese, magnesium, selenium, calcium, copper, and more.
  • Banana: helps reduce swelling, protect against developing type 2 diabetes, strengthen the nervous system, and help aid in weight loss.
  • Blueberries: protect your good cholesterol from being damaged, reduce DNA damage (which correlate with anti-aging & cancer fighting), and may help lower blood pressure and increase bone health.
  • Cinnamon: has anti inflammatory properties, high in antioxidants for heart health, and helps lower blood sugar levels.

Note:

  • I’m an advocate for more fruits & veggies in your daily diet. That’s why I include the health benefits on these foods in my recipes. The more fruits and vegetables, the better – BUT you do need to talk with your doctor to see if there are certain fruits or veggies you should be staying clear of, depending on your health conditions.
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